Great Northern Bean Soup…a family favorite.

Today is a soup day. Jake is sick and snow is on the ground. My household loves this easy to make healthy soup. I found the recipe on Pinterest then “lost” it. So I am posting it here with my adjustments. My philosophy on recipes is that they are a basic guideline that does not alway need to strict adhesion. This is the link to the original http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/513/Disney_Great_Northern_Bean_Soup35126.shtml

My recipe additions and swaps go like this:

1/2 pound dried great northern beans, soaked overnight
10 cups water
4 tsp. chicken bouillon granuals or to taste
3/4 cup celery or more diced
1 cup onion or more diced
1 cup carrot diced
1 cup smoked ham diced
1 large can of diced tomato
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground thyme

Secret Ingredient: 4 cloves of garlic minced. We are a garlic lovin’ family so this goes in everything.
Soak beans, in enough water to cover, overnight. Drain; rinse and place in large soup pot with 10 cups fresh water and bouillon cubes. Bring to boil; reduce heat to simmer. Cook 1 hr until tender but firm on the inside. Add garlic, celery, onions, and carrots; cook 30 minutes until vegetables are tender. Add ham, tomato, salt, pepper, and thyme; mix well. Cook 10 minutes.

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